AI-driven robotic Mayflower recreates historic voyage

media captionThe full-size, crewless analysis ship will make one of many first autonomous transatlantic voyages.

A crewless ship aiming to recreate the Atlantic crossing of the Mayflower, 400 years in the past this month, will set sail from Plymouth harbour on Wednesday.

The Mayflower Autonomous Ship will accumulate information on the ocean and marine life, together with sampling for plastics.

Captained by a robotic skilled by IBM-designed synthetic intelligence, utilizing 1,000,000 nautical photographs, it’s going to full six months of sea trials earlier than its two-week Atlantic crossing.

The 1620 crossing took over two months.

The unique Mayflower, a 100ft (30m) triple-masted picket vessel with canvas sails and a most pace of three knots (6km/h), carried 102 passengers and a crew of about 30 from Plymouth to Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Two Mayflowers together

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picture captionThe unique Mayflower was larger and extra spectacular however slower and reliant on people

The 2020 model, made from aluminium composite, by non-profit organisation ProMare, is a trimaran fuelled by solar-powered batteries, with a back-up diesel generator and a most pace of 10 knots.

And as a substitute of passengers and crew, it’s full of expertise, together with:

  • lidar
  • radar
  • cameras
  • world positioning system (GPS) antennas

“Able to scan the horizon for possible hazards, make informed decisions and change its course based on a fusion of live data, the Mayflower Autonomous Ship has more in common with a modern bank than its 17th-Century namesake,” IBM chief expertise officer Andy Stanford-Clark mentioned.

For anybody wanting to trace its progress, the MAS400

web site reveals the ship’s present location and standing, the course of its voyage and samples from its analysis pods.

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